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  • Leadership
  • Required Equipment
  • Scholarship
  • Employment

Sails and Trails Camp

Sailing, Kayaking and Nature Exploration Camp

Sponsored by Quassapaug Sailing Center

Sails & Trails Camp core principles operate with hands-on discovery, adventure, skill building, self directed learning and working as a team to create the ultimate summer experience for your child. Ages 9 to 18.

The Sails & Trails Camp staff is comprised of, certified sailing instructors, lifeguards, and counselors all American Red Cross CPR/First Aid certified. Our counselors are experienced hikers and naturalists, eager to share their knowledge through a curriculum designed for experiential education.

The typical day of The Sails and Trails Program consists of a half day of sailing and the other half hiking, exploring, observing, collecting the wonders of nature. Sailing varies as the campers learn different skills. Most days there will be onshore instruction to prepare for on the water sailing. Campers will learn to rig, launch, steer and trim the sail of their own boat. On water, campers will be learning how to safely handle a boat. They will develop these skills all in the name of fun! Kayaking will also be part of all campers experience. They will learn the many paddle strokes of kayaking and they will be exploring the wonders of the lake. Our Instructors are well trained and US Sailing Certified. We have your child’s safety always in our hands with backup safety boats, a safety coordinator on shore, and constant radio communication. So let’s get sailing and exploring from the lake to the forest. We are ready and excited to start the voyage.

For further information contact QSC (203-758-2241), email manager.qsc@gmail.com

QSC Sponsors will have to initially pay the full price. QSC will, at the end of the summer, rebate the difference between the full price and the Sponsors price. We apologize for the inconvenience.


Open House

Saturday June 8th 10am - 12pm
RAIN OR SHINE!

Find out more about our Summer of 2019 Programs in person at our open houses. Everyone invited.

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Summer Programs for 2019

Sails and Trails

Entry & Advanced Sailing in Optimists & 420s

A summer camp program by Quassapaug Sailing Center which includes a full day of sailing and nature exploration!

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Optimist Dinghy Sailing

Optimist sailing is an introduction to basic safety, seamanship, and boat handling on the water.

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420 Dinghy Sailing

The 420 Dinghy is a great trainer for older, larger participants.

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Leadership in Training

Learn Leadership skills, enhance outdoor skills in sailing and kayaking and explore the environment of the lake.

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Adult Sailing Program 2019

Thursdays 5pm-7pm and Saturdays 9am-11am or by appointment.

$60 non-sponsors/$50 sponsors.

Participants may pay by the class, but it is suggested to take a minimum of three classes in order to learn the most from the class.


Family Day (formerly the All Star Regatta)

August 10 10am-2pm

The Family Day (All Star Regatta) is a chance for participants to show off their newly learned Sailing, Kayaking and Nature skills to their families. The event is fun and includes Lunch.

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Extended Hours

Morning Care 8am – 9am, $8/hr.

Afternoon Care 4pm – 5pm, $8/hr.


Notes: It is the policy of QSC, that there are no refunds except for unusual circumstances.

 

Maximum number of students per session is limited by instructor and equipment availability. If the session you are interested is currently filled, we will work with you to find a secondary option.


Questions?

Questions can be answered by emailing manager.qsc@gmail.com or calling QSC at 203-758-2241

Sails and Sails and Trails Adventure - Discover Lake Quassapaug!

Two Week Sessions

JUNE 24 – AUGUST 16

Sails and Trails 1, 9am-4pm Ages 9-10 Prices: Non-sponsor - $585, QSC Sponsor - $445

Sails and Trails 2, 9am-4pm Ages 11-18 Prices: Non-sponsor - $585, QSC Sponsor - $445

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This summer camp program is being presented by Quassapaug Sailing Center which includes a full day of sailing and nature exploration!

Feel the wind move you along the water as you learn how to sail under the watchful eye of Lake Quassapaug Sailing Center’s certified instructors and explore the rich diversity of Flanders’ Whittemore Sanctuary on daily hikes and educational expeditions led by experienced naturalists!

The sailing half of the day is an introduction to basic safety, seamanship, and boat handling on the water. Participants will begin their sailing experience in QSC’s Optimist dinghies, with a focus on developing independence and confidence. Each boat will be sailed by only one student. Skills taught will include understanding the parts of the boat, water safety, understanding wind direction, rigging, knots, and sailing up and down wind. All sailing skill levels are accommodated.

Campers will enjoy exploring the different environments of the land around the water and daily excursions into the Whittemore Sanctuary and around its wetland habitat. Animal tracking, scavenger hunts, fishing and investigating the animals and birds and local flora and fauna both in and out of the water, will be part of this nature program helping kids to make the connection of the value of open space and responsible land use to issues like water quality for recreation and daily usage.

This year there will be extended morning (8-9am) and afternoon (4-5pm) hours!

Please Note: Participants MUST pass a swim test (in a lifejacket).

Program Sessions

Session 1June 24 – July 5 except July 4th
Session 2July 8 — 19
Session 3July 22 — August 2
Session 4August 5 — 16
 
Family DaySaturday, August 10

Optimist Dinghy Sailing

Two Week Sessions

JUNE 25 – AUGUST 17

Full Day 9am-4pm Ages 9-12 Prices: Non-Sponsor - $585, QSC Sponsor $445

Half Day 9am-12pm Ages 9-12 Prices: Non-sponsor - $325, QSC Sponsor $275

All skill levels. For Sailors less than 110 lbs. Optimist sailing is an introduction to basic safety, seamanship, and boat handling on the water. Participants will begin their sailing experience in QSC’s Optimist dinghies, with a focus on developing independence and confidence. Each boat will be sailed by only one student. Skills taught will include understanding the parts of the boat, water safety, understanding wind direction, rigging, knots, and sailing up and down wind.

Advance sailors will be taught more advance sailing skills like Sail Trim, position and effects of body placement and movement...

Even more experience sailors will be taught the basics of racing.

*If your child is 12 years old and over 5 ft. tall and over 110 lbs., they are probably better suited for the 420 program.

Program Sessions

Session 1June 24 – July 5 except July 4th
Session 2July 8 — 19
Session 3July 22 — August 2
Session 4August 5 — 16
 
Family DaySaturday, August 10

420 Dinghy Sailing

Two Week Sessions

JUNE 25 – AUGUST 17

Full Day 9am-4pm Ages 12-16, Prices: Non-Sponsor - $585, QSC Sponsor $445

Half Day 9am-12pm Ages 12-16, Prices: Non-sponsor - $325, QSC Sponsor $275

The 420 Dinghy is a great trainer for older, larger participants. The 420 Dinghy is used by high school and college sailing teams across the country. Many youth competitions also occur in the 420 Dinghy.

Students >100 lbs

All Skill levels. This course is designed to introduce sailors to a larger class of boat, 420s, which consists of a skipper and a crew. The boat is best sailed by sailors over 100 lbs. and with previous experience in Optimist Dinghy sailing. This program is also appropriate for older novice students who are too large to begin their sailing experience in Optimists. Curriculum will focus on rigging, efficient sailing, upwind and downwind sailing, and boat handling.

Experienced Sailors will continue to advance their boat handling skills, while also learning how to use additional equipment, such as flying a spinnaker and using trapeze in heavy air. Participants will become more comfortable with the physics of sailing as well, practicing rudderless sailing, mastering roll tacking, and gybing.

Advanced sailors can learn to improve their racing skills, like becoming more comfortable with a racing start, rules, and protest situations.

Program Sessions

Session 1June 24 – July 5 except July 4th
Session 2July 8 — 19
Session 3July 22 — August 2
Session 4August 5 — 16
 
Family DaySaturday, August 10

Leadership in Training - Discover Lake Quassapaug!

Two Week Sessions

JUNE 25 – AUGUST 17

9am-4pm Ages 13-15, Prices: Non-Sponsor - $585, QSC Sponsor $445

At Quassapaug Sailing Center in Middlebury, Making use of all our vessels participants learn how to sail, kayak and paddle to some often unseen areas of Lake Quassapaug, discovering unique wetland wildlife along the way. Discover diverse insects, birds, amphibians, reptiles and mammals that live in this wonderful wetland habitat. Survivals skills, compass usage and orienteering are all part of this amazing expedition! This program can be repeated through out the summer.

The goal is to learn Leadership skills, enhance outdoor skills in sailing and kayaking and explore the environment of the lake.

Program Sessions

Session 1June 24 – July 5 except July 4th
Session 2July 8 — 19
Session 3July 22 — August 2
Session 4August 5 — 16
 
Family DaySaturday, August 10

Required Equipment

Each sailor must bring/wear the following to each class:

Personal Flotation Device (Type III USCG approved NON-INFLATABLE life jacket)
PFD MUST be worn at ALL times on the water or near the water.

Waterproof rain/wind type jacket if inclement weather is predicted
Bathing Suit, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat
Dry change of clothes and towel
Water bottle
LUNCH (if applicable)

Participants must be able to swim (a swim test will be issued to each student)

All classes will assemble on the back deck of the QSC, rain or shine.

Students should not arrive more than 10 minutes before class and should be picked up promptly at the end of class.

Scholarship

Quassapaug Sailing Center provides educational scholarships to local youths to attend summer sailing classes.

The scholarships are awarded to students who have been successful in classes, have shown a spirit of community service, have an interest in sailing, but may not have the financial resources to participate in similar programs.


To be considered for a scholarship, please fill out our Scholarship Application. In a brief essay explain why you are applying for this scholarship, the benefits you hope to achieve in sailing, why you chose sailing over other sports, and any additional information that you may feel is important.

Application should be mailed to P.O. Box 231, Middlebury, CT 06762 no later than June 15th for consideration by the Board of Directors.

Are you looking for a great SUMMER EMPLOYMENT?

The Quassapaug Sailing Center, a non-profit educational institution, offers sailing lessons under the watchful eyes of certified instructors. QSC is located on beautiful Lake. Quassapaug in Middlebury, Connecticut. Our sailing programs develop competent sailors that can use their developing "lifetime" skills for small boat racing, pleasure, or large boat sailing in coastal waters.

We are looking for: Kayaking, Sailing & Naturalist Instructors

We will train interested staff on site.

Sails & Trails staff is comprised of, certified sailing instructors, lifeguards, and counselors all American Red Cross CPR/First Aid certified. Our counselors are experienced hikers and naturalists, eager to share their knowledge through a curriculum designed for experiential education.

QSC
203-758-2241
manager.qsc@gmail.com

Program Sessions

2 week sessions, Week Days from June 24 through August 16
Sails and Trails 9-18 year olds, any sailing experience levels 9am-4pm
Optimist Sailing 9-12 year olds, any sailing experience level, < 110 lbs. 9am-4pm
420 Sailing 12-18 year olds, any sailing experience level, > 100 lbs 9am-4pm